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Bio-inspired synthesis: understanding and exploitation of the crystallization process from amorphous precursors

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Abstract

Many biominerals, such as mollusk nacre, sea urchin, bone and teeth, are found to form by an amorphous precursor pathway, and these biominerals have remarkable properties, which are better than their artificial material counterparts that are formed at high temperatures and high pressures. More than ever, synthesizing technologically relevant materials following nature's way with a specific size, shape, orientation, organization, and complex form has been a focus of ongoing interest due to the increasing need for low cost and environmentally friendly approaches to processing advanced materials. Herein, we present recent developments in the crystallization process from amorphous precursors by primarily drawing on results from our own laboratory, and discuss some unique characteristics from the transformation process that can be exploited for the design and synthesis of artificial functional materials.

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The article was received on 08 Aug 2011, accepted on 30 Sep 2011 and first published on 09 Nov 2011


Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/C1NR11044F
Citation: Nanoscale, 2012,4, 54-65
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    Bio-inspired synthesis: understanding and exploitation of the crystallization process from amorphous precursors

    J. Xiao and S. Yang, Nanoscale, 2012, 4, 54
    DOI: 10.1039/C1NR11044F

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